Yesterday I heard a story on the radio, that if I hadn't heard it on NPR, I would have thought was a joke. But it's not.
The story was about the next launch of the space shuttle Discovery, which is scheduled for December 7. As missions go, this one is going to be pretty good. Commander Mark Polansky states: "What makes this one singularly unique is the fact that we're going to rewire the space station."
Pretty cool if you ask me. A super high-tech mission. A true testament to what our greatest scientific minds can achieve.
At least that's what I was thinking until the radio anchorman stated this additional little factoid: "NASA wants the shuttle mission back before January 1 because they're not sure the shuttle's computers can handle the changeover from 2006 to 2007.
Wa-huh?!! Did I just hear them say that the space shuttle, one of the world's most technologically advanced inventions in the history of mankind, can NOT perform a year-end changeover? Can NOT calculate a formula that my coffee maker can handle?
I know, that's crazy stupid. In fact, I didn't believe it so much that I had to go online here to find out for sure, which actually wasn't all that easy to find.
Anyway, I just thought I'd share the silly insanity of this with all of you. Unless of course the whole shuttle program is actually just an elaborate hoax and has never existed in the first place.
Oh sorry, did I just go there?